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14 Day Gorillas & Safari Overland

Explore the wild mountains of Uganda on an expedition for find the treasured mountain Gorillas, an undoubtedly unforgettable experience. Track down the resident Gorilla troop inhabiting the rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Visitors have an ever diminishing opportunity to view these gentle giants in their natural surroundings. We also tour the memorable countryside of Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, and search for the “big five” in the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Park

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • City of Kampala
  • Lake Bunyoni
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Optional Gorrila Trekking excursion

Touring Transport and other Options:

  • Budget Adventure Groups Tours by Customised Overland Trucks.
  • Small Family Groups by Special-made Trucks or Smaller Tourist Buses.
  • Scheduled or tailor-made Trips, from Camping to Accommodated.

Summary

Most Meals Included

13 Nights / 14 Days
AdventureTrucks

Multi Country

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Masai Mara National Reserve (L / D) We leave the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty.  The visit to the Masai Mara is operated in safari type vehicles and not the Nomad truck. For this reason, you are asked to pack a small overnight bag to travel with. You will need your towel, clothes, toiletries and camping essentials.

DAY 2: Masai Mara National Reserve (B / L / D) The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. Some of the animals that could be found here include elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. Today we will spend the entire day game driving through the Mara in search of all the animals.

DAY 3: Lake Nakuru National Park (B / L / D) This morning we bid the Mara farewell before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we are reunited with our truck and we will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Lake Nakuru is home to large flocks of flamingos and pelicans as well as black & white rhino, leopard, lion and numerous buck. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968.

DAY 4: Jinja (B / L / D) This morning we not only cross the border into Uganda, but shortly after setting out this morning we cross the Equator on our way to Jinja. Jinja is Uganda’s second largest city and most famous as the point where the Nile (officially the Victoria Nile) flows out of Lake Victoria and begins the 6695 kilometre journey to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

DAY 5 - Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park (B / D) After a quick stop in the city of Kampala, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park.   Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

DAY 6: Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve (B / L / D) Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps.  We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

DAY 7: Kampala (B / L) While we spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning we have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival. Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands.

DAY 8: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) (B / D) Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

DAY 9: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) (B / D)

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

DAY 10: Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi) (B / L / D) Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.  Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort.  We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live.

DAY 11: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala (B) This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala and make a third crossing of the Equator along our way. Tonight your guide will brief you on the activities available in Jinja so that you can plan your day tomorrow. We overnight in Kampala.

DAY 12: Jinja (B / D) A short distance from Kampala, Jinja offers many exciting activities and your guide will assist you to plan for this day. Most activities are focussed around the waters of the Nile and these include rafting, kayaking and a variety of cruises on Africa’s largest river.  While those who may be less inclined to water sports can enjoy horse riding or a quadbike adventure on dry land.

DAY 13: Kenya – Eldoret (B / L / D) Returning to Kenya we visit Eldoret, the country’s 5th largest city. The Great Rift Valley is still the dominant geographical feature of this region and the altitude at Eldoret is 2100 metres above sea level.

DAY 14: Nairobi (B) Returning to Nairobi this afternoon we reflect on many memories that we have gathered together and brace ourselves for a return to the busy streets of Nairobi. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

Rates quoted per person sharing

14 Day Gorillas & Safari Overland

 IN ZAR
TOUR RATE ACTIVITY PACKAGE
SINGLE SUPP
Camping
01 Jan - Dec 2019 R18,950 R13,050 R1,250
Accommodated
01 Jan - Dec 2019 R22,950 R13,050 R3,730
Departure Dates
 January 2019
14, 28
February 2019
11,18,25
March 2019
11,25
April 2019
1,8,22
May 2019
6,13,20
June 2019
3,17,24
July 2019
1,15,29
August 2019
5,12,26
September 2019
9,16,23
October 2019
7,21,28
November 2019
4,18
December 2019
2,9,16,30

Included:

  • Transport in a 4x4 adventure truck
  • English speaking guide, driver and safari cook
  • Qualified crew
  • Meals and accommodation according to itinerary
  • Highlights as per the itinerary
  • All national park fees and road tolls

Excluded:

  • Sleeping bag (if camping option is booked)
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

 

 

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
Kenya  
Nairobi National Park half day tour (min 2) US$125
Masai Village Cultural Visit US$15
Masai Warrior Dancing US$10
Naivasha Horse Riding per hour US$25
Naivasha Boat Hire (max 7 pax) US$60
Elsamere Visit, home of Joy Adamson US$25
Hells Gate National Park US$65
Crescent Island US$40
Giraffe Centre US$25
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon US$550
Uganda
Gorilla Trek * from US$600
White water rafting on the Nile US$160
Nile River Bungee US$120
Jinja Quad Bike – 2 Hours US$100
Adrift/Softpower Community Project US$35
Horse Riding 2 hours (excl. transfer) from US$60
Chimpanzee Sanctuary (excl. transfer) from US$80
(*Price depends where Gorilla Trek takes place, i.e. Uganda, DRC or Rwanda. (All prices are approximate)
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